The ICC World Cup starts on 14th Feb. What are defending champs’ India’s chances of winning the event, with the inaugural India Pak match just days away?

The ICC World Cup – What Are India’s Chances? Really?icc cricket world cup 2015 wiki teams predictions The ICC World Cup – What Are India’s Chances?

  1. The ICC Cricket World Cup is due to start on 14 February 2015. This is the 11th cricket world cup and is to be held jointly in Australia and New Zealand. India is defending champion, having won the 2011 World Cup by beating Sri Lanka at home in a dream scenario at the Wankhede Stadium.
  2. cricket world champs india 11 The ICC World Cup – What Are India’s Chances? The images of an overjoyed Sachin Tendulkar and the rest of the Indian team winning the last world cup that the master blaster was ever to play, are still etched in our collective national memory. This world cup however, this year the scenario seems so dismal as to appear hopeless for the defending ICC World Cup Champs India. What really, are India’s chances in this world cup?
  3. A string of humiliating losses in recent times, most recently the abysmal performance in failing to win a single match in the recently concluded tri series; would certainly have team morale plummeting. Our much vaunted batting lineup; supposedly among the best in the world (on paper as always clarified) seems to be stuck in a rather long lean patch. Indian batting blues are certainly a cause for worry.
  4. In particular, it is the one day matches that India has struggled with; having performed marginally better in the tests recently played. The poor one day form is obviously serious cause for worry.
  5. MS Dhoni The ICC World Cup – What Are India’s Chances? Even captain cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has opined that Team India needs a complete break from cricket. Injuries and fitness issues, such as Ishant Sharma’s are another worrying factor.
  6. It’s not only me… everybody is looking forward to a break. Lock the kitbag. Keep it somewhere, you don’t even want to see it. Completely switch off from cricket,” the captain was reported as having said. Not heartening words it has to be admitted, when one is less than 2 weeks from the inaugural match to be played against arch enemy Pakistan.
  7. The ‘rest’ plan ahead of the world cup may not be nearly enough though. However even the Wall Rahul Dravid is distinctly pessimistic about India’s chances. He feels that winning the world cup will not be easy for India, though qualifying for the quarter finals should be easy.
  8. Team Australia are favourites for winning the world cup; even the bookies have indicated that one should put their money on the Aussies. According to Global Betting Odds, Australia are favourites to lift the cup, followed by South Africa and then New Zealand. India is only the 4th team on that list.
  9. world cup probables The ICC World Cup – What Are India’s Chances? So the odds are stacked against Team India for the World Cup at this time; the team is looking jaded and ragged and lackluster. Optimists would say that Team India’s fortunes can only look up from now on… more than a billion people are banking on this.

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